Basketball is far more than just a fun game to play with friends. It also offers important life lessons, and many of those are emphasised by One Team, Euroleague Basketball's social responsibility program which is supported by all 42 clubs in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague and 7DAYS EuroCup.
An example of how basketball can provide meaningful benefits far away from the confines of the court comes with the example of Gabi, a young boy who took part in Valencia Basket's One Team program during the 2019-20 season before the COVID-19 outbreak.
Before joining One Team, Gabi was struggling with his school work. But when he understood that working harder on the court made him a better player, he was able to see that exactly the same idea also applies to his studies.
Gabi tells his story: "Basketball is a difficult sport and you have to make a great effort to play well. Basketball and studies are similar, and I'm starting to focus on my studies. I failed my school year and had to repeat, so I don't want to do the same and now I am passing the exams.
"I would tell everyone that with a little effort, you can get what you want."
Thousands of young people just like Gabi all over Europe have been able to improve their lives through basketball by joining One Team, which will soon return with another full program of activities when the new season gets underway.
One Team, supported by Turkish Airlines as the One Team Founding Patron and with the collaboration of Special Olympics as Proud Partner, uses basketball to achieve meaningful social impact in our communities across Europe and is supported by every club in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague and 7DAYS EuroCup.
Since its founding in 2012, the One Team program has already helped more than 22,000 participants through its various team-focused projects.